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LONGMONT, Colo. (CBS4) – Two people were killed in Longmont and one person was killed in Aurora in separate morning rush hour crashes.

Those crashes were just two of several drastic accidents on the roads in the Denver metro area Friday morning. Low visibility due to fog may have played a role in at least two of the crashes.

The double fatal crash in Longmont took place at 6:19 a.m. on Highway 119 (Ken Pratt Boulevard) between Martin and at 3rd. The vehicle with those killed was crossing north to south on 119 when struck by a car traveling westbound.

Police at the crash scene in Longmont (credit: CBS)

Police at the crash scene in Longmont (credit: CBS)

Two men between the ages of 30 and 35 were killed in one car and another man was hurt. In the other car, a 32-year-old female Dacono resident was hurt.

Police shut down both directions of Ken Pratt in the area to investigate the scene. Police continue to investigate who was at fault. There is a stop sign at that intersection.

Big traffic delays were being reported, particularly for those heading to the CU graduation ceremonies in Boulder from the area.

A dense fog advisory was issued after daybreak in the northern Denver metro area up into Northern Colorado, and it’s not clear if that played a role in the crash.

(credit: CBS)

An image of the fatal crash on Gun Club Road in Aurora (credit: CBS)

The other fatal crash took place in Aurora just after 6:15 a.m. at Gun Club Road near Hampden Avenue. Officials with the Colorado State Patrol said one driver was killed in the head-on crash.

Authorities said a white Dodge pickup truck was traveling southbound on Gun Club Road when the driver crossed into the wrong lanes and struck a grey Mitsubishi sedan head-on, killing the sedan driver.

The driver of the truck was hurt and taken to Aurora South Hospital. The extent of his injuries is not known.

Right after the fog advisory came out a rollover crash happened on Highway 36 (Boulder Turnpike) at Storage Tek, closing the highway westbound at Wadsworth for more than an hour. It’s not clear if anyone was hurt.

Fog in the northern Denver metro area on Friday morning (credit: CBS)

Fog in the northern Denver metro area on Friday morning (credit: CBS)

Another rollover crash was reported later in the morning on eastbound Highway 285 and Kipling in the western Denver metro area.

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